At first glance, the phrase "sleep diet" may seem a little strange. But trust us: After you hear about what a sleep diet really entails, you'll be all the way on board with trying it.
First off, the sleep diet has nothing to do with eating. Based on research, it's a proven way to get you a lot healthier than you are right now. And all you have to do is... sleep. Yes, really. Not in excessive amounts; not right before or after you eat. You just need to sleep well, and sleep enough.
Hear us out: A study published in The Lancet says that sleep is crucially important for metabolic function and hormone stability. Not only does metabolism play a huge role in weight loss, it also can lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
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If that alone doesn't convince you, consider another study that found that not getting enough sleep contributed to a sharp decrease in leptin — which is the hormone responsible for regulating fat storage. On top of that, it also pointed to an increase in appetite. Yikes!
So what does this mysterious sleep diet entail?
First, you need to set a time frame for yourself to go on the diet — perhaps a week or so. Then, you need to figure out how much sleep you really want to get and when you need to go to bed in order to get that magic number of hours. Make a point to write it down so that you actually commit to the plan. And then, for the time frame of your diet, stick to that set bedtime. That's it.
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It's easier said than done, but remember: There's never been a better time — or a better reason — to start catching those zzzs!
h/t Fox News
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